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Cal football: Minnesota game particulars

By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 11:55 am in off-season stuff.

The Big Ten announced today that Cal’s game at Minnesota on Sept. 19 will begin at 11 a.m. CDT and air on either ESPN or ESPN2. That means Cal will have a 9 a.m. PDT start for the second year in a row.

We all know how last year’s early start time worked out. The Bears seemed a step slow in a loss to Maryland. As I’ve said before, I believe some of the reason for Cal’s shortcomings in that game was due to the early start time, but it was augmented by the searing heat and humidity. But had the Bears been better rested, perhaps they would have coped with the heat better?

This year will be a little different. The most significant difference is the Bears are only changing two time zones, not three. And, of course, it is a shorter plane ride.

For the record, according to weather.com, the average high in Minneapolis on Sept. 19 is 70 degrees.

There was a lot of discussion last year whether Cal should have left on Thursday for Maryland to get acclimated to the time change. Because of the economy, I can’t imagine the Bears would consider doing that this season. But again, since the time change isn’t as severe and the weather probably won’t be as much of a factor, travel shouldn’t have quite as much of an impact as it did for the Maryland game.

The game against Eastern Washington on Sept. 12 is now the only one that remains to be decided before the season begins. We know the season-opener against Maryland begins at 7 p.m. (ESPN2), Sept. 19 at Minnesota at 9 a.m. (ESPN or ESPN2), Sept. 26 at Oregon at 12:30 p.m. (ABC), Oct. 3 against USC at 5 p.m. (ABC) and Dec. 5 at Washington at 3:30 p.m. (TV TBA). All of Cal’s remaining games are subject to the Pac-10′s 6 and 12-day window, meaning they could appear on ABC, Fox Sports Net, Versus, a local production or not at all.

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  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Let’s not give any credit at all to Maryland that was stomping on you the same way the Vols did in 2006. Oh but that was also the game where the temperature and the humidity affected the play. Mark it down. You lose against Minny and embarass the Pac 10.

  • AdvertisingBear

    MoreNCsarecoming is an imposter – he is lessNCarecoming from Folsom (those Canadian subprime lenders). I am the real Amy. If you don’t believe me, send me a PM to theAMYthicalprogram on scout boards. The only reason I changed my s/n is because that imposter stole my s/n here and that tool Jonatan Okanes would not allow me to post under different s/n

    As for the Minnesota game, unfortunately Cal State Berkelee will win. Pig Ten is a conference of cupcakes. Once again, Burkaless will be 5-0 just to have another huge meltdown and finish in Las Vegas Bowl.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Well I just put a comment on Ted Miller’s blog on ESPN. You recommend you go find it.

  • ToparchiBears

    MoroNC…,The Bears will prove you wrong this time. All the gears will click on all cylinders this time, and Best will cruise to 250+ yards. The receivers will be another gear of threat when they are healthy. And, they are now with Calvin, and Lagman back from injury. So, this will not be a one dimensional team anymore. Angers will kick 70 yds or more, deep in to the enemy teritory, at mile high country. He already kick on record pace at low altitude.

    And, the Defense will mull the Minny QB and their RBs. Watch out for the upcomming Payne. He will shoot through the heart of the Minny Offense like a bullet. The two return CBs will dominated the back field and fly all over to intercept the incomming missiles.

    There must be a reason that the press rank Cal as high as #9 in pre-season poll.

    Go Bears! First the Revenge, then the roll on.

  • Rocko

    It wasn’t the time difference, because CAL planned for that. It was the 90 plus degree heat and 100% humidity, which they couldn’t duplicate in Berkeley. It was the middle of the third quarter before they got used to it.
    If CAL is smart they would go to Minnestoa early to get used to their humidity.

  • Big D

    I was at the Maryland game and I never got used to the humidity. That was some of the worst humidity I’ve experienced in my life, that includes New Orleans in the summer. I was only sitting in the stands, I could imagine how the Cal players felt in equipment sweating and exerting effort. I believe that’s why they lost. No doubt about it.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Riley threw a pick;
    Thompson got burned for a TD;
    Maryland RBs had a field day just like Chauncey did in 2007 at Sourberry Canyon;
    Maryland QB completed nearly everything he threw – he looked and played like an AA that day;

    Humidity nonsense! Give Maryland some credit. Be a fair sport for once on these boards.

  • AmyFan4Life

    Amy obviously has been reading the BearInsider thread about this, but she can’t get involved in a real discussion forum on this subject due to her nature. Yes, these are not her original thoughts, but those of others, so she isn’t right or wrong on this matter. LOL! Why debate her, then?

    Cal fans, you’re engaging a dying troll. The walls are collapsing around her, but you continue to engage her. Ironically, the Minnesota fans are bashing her on their scout board for talking up Cal, and the admin is about to dismiss her. Yes, Amy is declaring Cal has a 100% chance of winning. Why the direct contradiction? It’s a game, and we are all chess pieces.

    I’m expecting an amythical response, something along the lines of “I’m not Amy”, within an hour. LOL!

  • AdvertisingBear

    MoreNCsarecoming is an imposter – he is lessNCarecoming from Folsom (those Canadian subprime lenders). I am the real Amy. If you don’t believe me, send me a PM to theAMYthicalprogram on scout boards. The only reason I changed my s/n is because that imposter stole my s/n here and that tool Jonatan Okanes would not allow me to post under different s/n

    AmyFan – stop stalking me.

  • AmyFan4Life

    As I predicted, Amy is lost in the midst of multiple personalities. Now, she calls Okanes, a tool. It is time to clean house, Okanes.

  • Rocko

    I see a response by MoreOn and I don’t even read it. Ignore him and he will go away!

  • AdvertisingBear

    >>>> As I predicted, Amy is lost in the midst of multiple personalities. Now, she calls Okanes, a tool. It is time to clean house, Okanes.

    Anyone who makes money writing for 3rd rated newspaper (and anyone stalks me around) = underachieving tool

  • AdvertisingBear

    AmyFan – lets continue owning those g@y loving clowns on the Stanford board. See you there

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Rocko Says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 10:53 am
    I see a response by MoreOn and I don’t even read it. Ignore him and he will go away! >>>> Maybe and maybe not but why did you respond to Covinared’s post which was eseentially the same as mine. And by the way the article you posted was a joke. See my response to it.

  • ToparchiBears

    Hell, MoroNC… you will see the difference between playing at 9:00 AM vs. playing at 7:00 PM SPT. They all were obviously playing with sleep walk at first and then finally woke up.

  • Pete Carroll

    PattyCakes says – “Mark it down. You lose against Minny and embarass the Pac 10.”

    If Cal wins will you leave this board? How about if Cal beats SC, will you acknowledge Cal’s achievement?

    PC

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I have already made a similar bet with your fans on the scout board in 2004. If we beat you guys then I was to be allowed to post on the board. If we lost then my privileges would be revoked. We won and my privileges were still revoked. I have learned that your fans have no integrity and that they refuse to honor their word. I lost a great deal of respect for them and I think any reasonable person would now understand why. Most Pac 10 fans I know feel the same way I do. Your fans are by far the worst at sportsmanship. For instance, you will never acknowledge that another team beat you. Maryland is a good example. It was the heat, it was the humidity, it was the time but it wasn’t that they were better coached, executed better and knocked (no pun intended) the stuffing out of Best. A year later and it still is the same boring apologetic. If you should happen to beat us this why why should I acknowledge your achievement. You never acknowledge anyone else’s including ours.

  • Golden Bear

    Of course, now the Morencsarecoming cannot post on ANY Scout board — not just the Cal one.

    Fat man wins.

    And by the way — just because you offered a bet doesn’t make it valid since no one accepted it. Like this: If it turns out Morencs is a law school drop out who still lives with his mommy and daddy, he pays me a kabillion bucks. Well, Moron — you now owe me a kabillion dollars. Pay up.

  • Golden Bear

    And the word, Moron is BANNED. Not revoked. You want to use big words, then don’t be a drop out. You were BANNED. Morencsarecoming has been BANNED all over the message boards. You might be able to post under other names, but Morencsarecoming was BANNED along with a lot of other names.

    Fat man beat the dropout. Be careful what you ask for moron.

    And everyone else — pity the troll. Since 2004, this is all he has.

  • Pete Carroll

    PattyCakes – I can’t speak for the other boards and your comment about Cal fans is simply an opinion which you can’t really objectively substantiate. So man-up, will you go away if Cal beats SC this year? It’s what everyone on this board wants. I’ll go back to coaching if SC wins.

    PC